Category Archives: Music

Heaven And Earth, Hard To Kill. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Some will move Heaven and Earth to make sure that the voices that are ignored, those that question, those that probe beyond the polite enquiry, are heard. For to keep anything in silence, to bully someone because their point of view is different to your own, is a sign of the intolerable winning and no reasonable discussion or debate should be Hard To Kill with an executive order.

Hegarty, Even The Joker Cries Sometimes. Single Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

The clown, the comedian, the one who persistently smiles no matter what life throws at them, those are the ones in which we should hold closer than most, for in their laughter is the silent sound of unhappiness and sorrow; in their eyes is the hope that someone, somewhere, will take them by the hand and let them not be bound by the joke that everyone sees.

Savoy Brown, Witchy Feelin’. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

Embrace the darkness as much as you can, allow the feeling that is denied the faint-hearted as they quake with nervousness and more than a little jealousy, for the Blues in the hands of Savoy Brown is that extra tingle down the spine, the tales of hardship, woe and society forced anguish, it is the sense of the macabre in the misery that makes this particular darkness all the more delicious and unnervingly beautiful to hear.

Ten Years After: The Albums 1967-1974. Box-Set Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

Time has a peculiar sense of humour when it comes to making sure that almost as one we stop looking back too far in music history, perhaps just in case what we find is the reminder that what went before our current favourites and obsessions is actually the top banana, the reason the fan or the dedicated enthusiast became enthralled and engaged in the first place.

Kenneth J. Nash, Luna. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

It is the romance of the Moon that makes many songs come alive and take on extra meaning when looked upon with grace and favourable conditions; the muse of the Moon is such that when it is seen as the beautiful counterpoint of the rage of the Sun, it gives out a calming effect that all can steer their own personal musical boat by.

Coldspell, A New World Arise. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

You would expect nothing else but total, pure and honest, pulsating rock when you think of the genre as it appears and sounds in the countries that make up the Scandinavian heartlands, to think anything different is to be on the same plane of thought that suggest the Earth is flat and that arguing for war is a noble art form.

The Jackobins, Outside. Single Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

There is enormous pleasure to be found when listening to a band that you have championed, that you might have been able to say that you have had a huge smile reserved for them, and whilst the nature of the world suggests that the experience of listening to music has changed, that the day to day for musicians and the lyric writer has become more intense, more demanding and without the true rewards deserving such art; it is satisfying beyond measure when a group like The Jackobins tempt you to come Outside and revel in the almost noir-like quality of their new single.

Foo Fighters, Concrete And Gold. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * *

It can almost feel like musical sacrilege to feel indifferent about one of the great bands of the modern era; somehow something inside fails to fall in line with expectation, with what you see and hear around you taking place and whilst you might be forced to reconcile those feelings with what everybody else is saying. Deep down, you know something is not right, something has lost its charm and become staid, good, alright, even reflectively sober, but it doesn’t grab you, it not set in concrete and does not have the allure of gold.

Gary Numan, Savage (Songs From A Broken World). Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

The connections are always there, the Godfather of Industrial Metal, of Synth driven angst and polished extremes, when it comes to putting an album that captures the emotional pull of the self and the world in which we inhabit, few make it as well as Gary Numan, nobody makes it as savagely beautiful as he.

In Gary Numan’s latest release, Savage (Songs From A Broken World), the connection between the previous album is made clear, moving from the splintered mind that we all possess when the world is cracking under the strain of our presence, to the fractured course of our shared history and its impact on Earth; the connection is positive, endearing, a little bit haunting but fully embracing.

Yusuf, The Laughing Apple. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

History might be considered to allow the winner to pick its paragraphs and choice of wording when accepting the fate of its work. History may feel exclusive but under the cover of almost the almost progressive tease, sometimes it takes the artist down a road they have once travelled and asks them to re-write, to revise their thinking and to see with age, if history has perhaps judges them the same way.